Title: Justice League Trinity War (New 52) Writer: Geoff Johns, Jeff Lemire, Ray Fawkes, J. M. DeMatteis Artist: Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, Oclair Albert, Eber Ferreira, Doug
Mahnke, Christian Alamy, Keith Champagne, Tom Nguyen, Marc Deering,
Walden Wong, Mikel Janin, Daniel Sampere, Vicente Cifuentes, Renato
Guedes, Fernando Blanco, Zander Cannon, Patrick Zircher Publisher: DC Comics. Price: RRP: £22.50 (Amazon Price £17.50 with Prime) Release date: July 2013 singles (22 March 2014, Collected Volume)
In case you didn't know. I love me some Flash. I really started to love The Flash in 1991 when I saw the original CBS TV show a year after its original airing. Being as I grew up in the UK, I actually saw the show on VHS when we rented a copy from my local video store. My father and I watched the whole tape in awe and quickly went back to the store looking for more. We were soon disappointed when it was the only tape they had.
Eventually the Show came to the SKY TV service and I watched every episode with glee. For me it was the greatest super hero event I had ever seen. Being an 11 year old I snagged the occasional issue of the comic book from 'car boot sales' and markets, there were no comic book stores or adventurous book stores to be found out where I lived so those few issues were precious to me.
A good few years ago now, as an adult a good friend managed to find the whole TV show on DVD for me, a miraculous find to be sure! I watched it all, dated, silly and some of the worst effects I have ever seen. I loved it! Just last year I sat with my daughter and watched the whole set again. I'm not sure if she loved it the way I did but we made it though the whole series none the less.
My collection of Flash comics is now vast, filling a long box and then some. I have complete story arch dating back to the late 70's and a pile of trade paper backs. I have a Flash statue that cost me more than I care to admit to and on my left arm I proudly have my Flash insignia tattoo.
I just straight up love the flash, I'm telling you all this in hopes that you realise how much I'm looking forward to the new TV show. Good or bad, I will watch every episode more than once and pick every moment to death.
Today a few pictures surfaced on the web. We have a few shots of the Flash from different angles and a close up of the head/helm of the suit showed up a few days ago. What do I think?
That head section looks great, its really slick and smooth. I like it a lot. The rest of the suit however is a different story. It looks like a biker cos-playing as Dare Devil. it's really not impressed me. It doesn't look like something an athlete would choose to wear and that belt makes me facepalm. All this said though, I bet it will look great on TV once we see it correctly lit and with some post production 'flair' on it.
I have faith that the production team know best for the story that they are trying to tell. They did a great job on the Arrow TV show and I have faith that it will be at the very least an entertaining show.
I doubt it will look as cool as it did in the 90's though!
I think I may start writing monthly reviews of the New 52 comic for you all. Mostly for my own indulgence.
Given that I am passively obsessed with the movie Blade Runner it is something of a shock to me that I have reached adulthood and not before now read any of William Gibson's work. This is the chap that we have to thank for that all encompassing word yet ultimately meaningless word 'Cyberspace'
Mr Gibson writes with a style that is so thick that you can cut it with a knife, he creates a vision of the near future that shows us the worst of what we may be heading for but at the same time, its pretty cool. I say that because not only did Gibson popularise the word Cyberspace but he also all but created the Cyberpunk genre.
Cyberpunk, in case you are not familiar is a setting focusing on high technology and struggling every day life style. I believe the cyberpunk enthusiasts describe is concisely as "hi tek - low life" Its something like Blade Runner, The Matrix and the Game Deus Ex but not confined to those.
Neuromancer follows the adventure of burn out cyberspace 'Cowboy' Case clawing his way back to success with the help of a nefarious gentleman with a shady past and a 'Razergirl' known as Molly, who had surgically implanted silver lenses for eyes and retractable blades on her fingers. I don't want to spoil the actual plot for anyone more than that but the book had some serious depth to it and at times jumps about in a way that leaves the reader disconnected, to reflect the emotional state of the characters. The writing style does not make for an easy read but does give you a satisfying one.
At times there are lines that seem to be a little on the 'classic' side but as long as you remember that these tropes are only so over used because Gibson came up with them originally they are easier to swallow. words like 'jacking-in' and an overly sci-fi vision of the internet that would be at home on the movie Hackers are all over this book but when it was written these were original concepts.
The technology of the story is at times a little dated, like when out main character is trying to 'fence' three Megabytes of RAM but this is a sign of the works age rather than technological ignorance from the writer. for the most part its very stylised and holds up well.
This book it quite literally the best thing I have read in the last 12 months, so much so that I have already snagged three more of the Gibsons books from Google Play. If you like Cyberpunk settings then read the works of this writer, even if you don't read this book. you will have no regrets.
Yesterday I was sitting at my desk, like a true cyberpunk, watching Star Trek (the original Series, thanks Netflix) and playing Rust. I run two monitors and usually have a tablet in front of me too, so as you can imagine keeping up to date on my social media is not difficult even when a little distracted by the fantastic Rust. My twitter feed is populated mostly by Linux Hackers/Coders/Youtubers and Comic writers. its the last one on that list that created a very interesting situation on that fateful afternoon.
The Writer, Gail Simone is some one that, for the most part I have a great deal of respect for. However on a pretty regular basis she ‘goes off on one’ about her political and social beliefs. I follow comic book industry people in hopes of getting tweets about you know, Comics.
You guys don’t really know me here yet so I’ll take a moment to outline my political stance on everything in less than a paragraph. Deep breath, here it goes… I don’t believe in discrimination so colour, sex, sexuality, religious and political opinions are all things I don’t care about. I do however hate stupid people and A-Holes. Also, I firmly take the stance that I will listen to anything you say if your willing to be passionate about it. So, when I acted like a stupid A-Hole by sending a badly worded tweet to a writer I quite like I not only violated my own personal political and A-hole guidelines but was a little rude in the processes. While I think its wonderful that this person fights for her beliefs and pushes her very positive morality into the world its not really what I want on my twitter feed. I had made the decision that I had followed her long enough and was going to hit the ‘unfollow’ button next time I had a moment. I intended to do it quietly and discreetly without ‘being a dick about it’ until her twitter barrage started to get on my nerves.
Gail Simone tweeted something akin to the question “Who’s your favourite feminist writer?” a simple question directed to her fan-base but, something that needlessly ‘got my back up’ because being something of a Neanderthal who has never been challanged on his generic beliefs my attitude was this – Who cares if a writer is a man or a woman, the work is universal and should stand on its own. As I am an aforementioned A-Hole at times responded along with my unfollow click. that’s where it all went wrong for me.